Blog https://www.publiccharters.org/ en Maine Families Push Against Anti-Charter School Legislation—and Win https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/04/16/maine-families-push-against-anti-charter-school-legislation-and-win <span>Maine Families Push Against Anti-Charter School Legislation—and Win</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/16/2021 - 09:22</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/bill-phillips" hreflang="en">Bill Phillips</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-04-16T12:00:00Z">April 16, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2021-04/Student%20with%20Backpack%20and%20Parent%20%281%29.png?itok=CMQZJ0Rk" width="250" height="250" alt="Student with backpack holding hand of parent" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>The collective action of Maine's 10 public charter schools and their supporters led to a decisive win this week in the Pine Tree state with the defeat of bill LD604 that created a far-ranging threat to how charter schools would operate.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The bill, as originally drafted, would have effectively cut off expansion of charter schools beyond a home campus and altered the flow of funding. In essence, this would have exposed charter schools to separate and unfair scrutiny and created a dynamic in which charter schools would be subject to shifting political sands.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>During the committee’s working session this week, the sponsor of the bill, Portland Representative Michael Brennan, immediately offered an amendment that eliminated both provisions of the bill.  As a result, the bill effectively became a resolve directing the Department of Education and Maine Education Policy Research Institute to study funding strategies and reporting protocols for charter schools across the United States. The amendment seeks to better understand how charter schools are funded throughout the country and what best practices for reporting exist in various states.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The combination of effective and emotionally appealing public testimony at the education committee’s public hearing and a flood of emails and phone calls resulted in the win. Charter school students, parents, teachers, leaders, and other supporters reminded state lawmakers that charter schools are an important part of the public-school ecosystem and that our families and students love their schools. Luckily, state lawmakers listened.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The National Alliance looks forward to continuing to work with the state’s charter community to advocate proactively—to tell the story of how Maine's public charter schools meet the diverse needs and aspirations of their students and to push positive legislation that makes it possible to serve more students. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Congratulations to the charter school community in Maine on mounting a tremendously thoughtful and influential campaign that resulted in the preservation of the small but critically needed initiative.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><em><span><span><span>Bill Phillips is the vice president of state advocacy and support for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</span></span></span></em></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/state-policy" hreflang="en">state policy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/parent-demand" hreflang="en">parent demand</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <div class="fb-comments" data-href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/04/16/maine-families-push-against-anti-charter-school-legislation-and-win" data-width="100%" data-numposts="5"></div> </section> Fri, 16 Apr 2021 13:22:08 +0000 Melinda 25812 at https://www.publiccharters.org What Will the American Rescue Plan Act Mean for Your School? https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/03/22/what-will-american-rescue-plan-act-mean-your-school <span>What Will the American Rescue Plan Act Mean for Your School? </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kim</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/19/2021 - 16:38</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/kim-mccabe" hreflang="en">Kim McCabe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-03-22T12:00:00Z">March 22, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2021-03/Two%20Rivers%20Public%20Charter%20School%20Building.jpg.png?itok=eJ_jNIg4" width="250" height="250" alt="Two Rivers Public Charter School Building" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>The American Rescue Plan Act provides nearly $122 billion in COVID-19 relief funding for K-12 education. That’s a lot of money considering that the FY2021 regular appropriation for K-12 programs is $42.6 billion. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Here’s what that means for charter schools:</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong>How are American Rescue Plan funds being allocated to states for schools?</strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>100% of the funds are allocated to states based on Title I shares. That means they use a mathematical formula to determine how much each state gest based on the number of children eligible for Title I support and the state per-pupil cost of education.  </span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong>How are states using American Rescue Plan funds on education?</strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>States can reserve up to 10% of American Rescue Plan funds to spend on:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>Activities to address learning loss</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Summer enrichment programs</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>After school programs</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Administrative costs</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span>That means states must allocate at least 90% to local educational agencies (LEAs)—including charter school LEAs—based on Title I shares. Of that, 20% must be used for activities to address learning loss.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>All of these expenditures must also address students' social-emotional needs and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on subgroups of students. The activities also must be evidence-based.</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong>What can schools spend these funds on?</strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>Schools can use the proposed funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. The America Rescue Plan funds are extremely flexible, but here are a few examples:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>Technology</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Sanitation and cleaning supplies</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Mental health services and supports</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Facility repairs and improvements, like HVAC upgrades or adding modular classrooms to abide by social distancing guidelines</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>COVID-19 tests</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Addressing learning loss</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Instructional materials, curriculum, or professional development</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Additional transportation costs</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Additional pay for employees to address COVID-related challenges</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span>Note: Capital expenses and transportation purchases must receive prior written approval from your state educational agency and the U.S. Department of Education. </span></span></span></p> <blockquote> <h4><span><span><span>If you work at a charter school, we recommend watching our webinar <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZk5ovBFANg&amp;t=2s"><strong>What Will the American Rescue Plan Act Mean for Your School?</strong></a> to help you plan, avoid potential pitfalls, and learn more about what’s next in relief funding.</span></span></span></h4> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><em><span><span><span>Kim McCabe is the senior director of communications at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. </span></span></span></em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/federal-funding" hreflang="en">federal funding</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <div class="fb-comments" data-href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/03/22/what-will-american-rescue-plan-act-mean-your-school" data-width="100%" data-numposts="5"></div> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-374" class="comment js-comment"> <div> <h3> <a href="/comment/374#comment-374" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Charter school funds</a> </h3> <div class="metabar"> <div class="metabar__item">March 23, 2021 - 04:22pm</div> <div class="metabar__item"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Arlene Muszynski-Mcneil">Arlene Muszyns…</span></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Im grateful to get your message about the nice increase funding for charter schools. All 3 of my Grandchildren go to Mast Charter 2,here in NE Philly. Its such a superb ,blue ribbon school. They all absolutely LOVE it. God has truly blessed us with this golden opportunity. They will surely thrive especially ,with the increased funding.. Stay safe and thanks again..</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=374&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Bgu4oXG6TISsIFsKFl9UZEHa_ac08Oy_RBaUvWMbJGg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-375" class="comment js-comment"> <div> <h3> <a href="/comment/375#comment-375" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Funding for charter schools </a> </h3> <div class="metabar"> <div class="metabar__item">March 23, 2021 - 04:40pm</div> <div class="metabar__item"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ezdehar Abuhatab </span></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Public charter schools are about parent choice. Public charter schools provide quality education for economically disadvantaged African Americans and Hispanic students in poor communities. Public charter schools allow students from poor communities to successfully graduate from high school and live life on their own terms. Public charter schools improve life outcomes in poor communities. This is why they need increased funding so that they can continue to educate the future of our country so that we can be a global leader for the world. I know so many students that attended public charter schools and now they are adults with purpose and goals, changing their communities and bettering lives. Public charter schools, especially the successful ones deserve all our support.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=375&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="82K5I9SklDNgr9f7-0rY1jGARQXUkctkif5pDfV2-u4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-376" class="comment js-comment"> <div> <h3> <a href="/comment/376#comment-376" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Be safe</a> </h3> <div class="metabar"> <div class="metabar__item">March 23, 2021 - 09:24pm</div> <div class="metabar__item"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Carline Laroche</span></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Be safe</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=376&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="NoFwqzt8GgBdOw79j-rsMLrIhWetAJKF5ZcB08WGrC0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </article> </section> Fri, 19 Mar 2021 20:38:19 +0000 kim 25503 at https://www.publiccharters.org Strengthening State Charter School Laws in the Wake of COVID-19 https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/03/15/strengthening-state-charter-school-laws-wake-covid-19 <span>Strengthening State Charter School Laws in the Wake of COVID-19</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/12/2021 - 14:43</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/todd-ziebarth" hreflang="en">Todd Ziebarth</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-03-15T12:00:00Z">March 15, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2021-03/West%20Virginia%20Statehouse%20%281%29.png?itok=sqNwzcnA" width="250" height="250" alt="West Virginia Statehouse" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>As state legislative sessions are in full swing across the country, the National Alliance is working hard to ensure that charter school laws are strengthened in several states. As we’ve seen with the <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/measuring-model-ranking-state-public-charter-school-laws-2021"><strong>high correlation of strong charter schools and strong state laws</strong></a>, this important work ensures all public school students are treated fairly and have access to a public school that is right for them.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>These are some areas where we are seeing progress this spring to strengthen state charter school laws:</span></span></p> <h3><span><span><strong>Allowing More Schools to Open Under a New Law </strong></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>In <strong>West Virginia</strong>, we worked with our state partners to address issues in the state’s initial charter school law. Governor Jim Justice signed our bill (HB 2012) into law on March 11. Most notably, the bill creates a new statewide authorizer, which increases the likelihood high-quality charter schools will open in communities across the state. Previously, only county boards of education could authorize charter schools (and they haven’t authorized any schools yet). </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Unfortunately, notwithstanding our best efforts, the bill also opens the door to full-time virtual charter schools in a way that repeats the mistakes of several other states. Holding all schools, including virtual schools, accountable is a key tenant of the charter school movement. We hope West Virginia keeps that in mind as it implements this bill.</span></span></p> <h3><span><span><strong>Adding Flexibility to Authorizing and Innovation</strong></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>We continue to make progress with our partners in <strong>Iowa</strong>. A bill to overhaul the state’s weak charter school law passed the Senate last month. Among other things, this bill expands authorizing options and provides charter schools with more flexibility to innovate. A companion bill in Iowa’s House recently passed out of a House Education Subcommittee and the full House Education Committee. It is now moving to the House floor.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>In <strong>Wyoming</strong>, we are working with our partners to overhaul the state’s weak charter school law. Similar to the bill in Iowa, the Wyoming bill expands authorizing options and provides charter schools with more flexibility to innovate, among other things. This bill recently passed the Senate on an overwhelming 26-4 vote. The bill now moves to the House. </span></span></p> <h3><span><span><strong>Addressing Funding and Facilities Issues</strong></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>A bill on the table in <strong>Alabama</strong> would provide more local dollars to charter school students. This bill recently passed out of the House Way and Means Education Committee and is now heading to the House floor.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>In <strong>New Mexico</strong>, we are working with our partners on a bill that would c<span><span>reate </span></span><span>a new revolving loan fund administered by the New Mexico Finance Authority and provide for more direct oversight from the state to ensure available district facilities are offered to charter schools. This bill passed with bipartisan and unanimous support out of the Senate Education Committee. It is now in the Senate Finance Committee.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>We continue to be encouraged by the amount of positive legislation moving forward in statehouses across the country, including in Georgia, Idaho, and Oklahoma. We are also on guard against negative legislation in places like Maine and Rhode Island and will be working with our partners to defeat or mitigate it in the weeks and months ahead.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><em>Todd Ziebarth is the senior vice president of state support and advocacy at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/state-policy" hreflang="en">state policy</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <div class="fb-comments" data-href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/03/15/strengthening-state-charter-school-laws-wake-covid-19" data-width="100%" data-numposts="5"></div> </section> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 19:43:17 +0000 Melinda 25407 at https://www.publiccharters.org State Charter School Caps Are Keeping Kids Back https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/03/10/state-charter-school-caps-are-keeping-kids-back <span>State Charter School Caps Are Keeping Kids Back</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Tue, 03/09/2021 - 09:50</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/todd-ziebarth" hreflang="en">Todd Ziebarth</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-03-10T12:00:00Z">March 10, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2021-03/Female%20teacher%20in%20classroom%20stock%20photo.png?itok=AwsmBwFv" width="250" height="250" alt="Female teacher in classroom stock photo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>As state legislatures engage in their 2021 sessions, we are updating our analyses of a number of key policy issues. First and foremost, we are looking at the issue of caps on charter school growth. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Artificial caps on charter school growth—set by state law rather than demand—restrict parents’ ability to select the best public school for their child. The potential size of the charter school sector—based on parent demand—is almost </span></span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/estimated-public-charter-school-enrollment-2017-18"><span>three times larger</span></a><span><span> than today’s actual enrollment. That means about five million students are enrolled at a school that might not be a good fit for them because there aren’t enough charter schools open to meet parental demand. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Heading into the 2021 legislative sessions, 20 state charter school laws contained caps on charter school growth. In six of these states, the caps are significantly hindering growth:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Connecticut (only allows public charter schools to open in about 20% of the state’s districts)</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Maine (the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state has been reached)</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Massachusetts (the state's cap on a school district's total charter school tuition payment to commonwealth charter schools in the districts performing in the lowest 10 percent statewide is a constraint on growth in many school districts in the state)</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>New York (the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in New York City has been reached)</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Ohio (only allows start-up charter schools in about 6% of the state’s districts)</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>West Virginia (only allows three charter schools before July 1, 2023 and three charter schools every three years thereafter)</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span>As sessions gear up across the country, we are on guard against any bills that would institute a new moratorium or place another arbitrary cap on charter school growth. Right now, we are most concerned about a bill that is being advanced in Rhode Island that </span></span><span><span><span><span>would impose a moratorium on charter schools through the 2023-24 school year (SB 13). Most troubling, the bill would prevent six schools from opening or expanding that were recently authorized by the state. SB 13 passed out of the Senate and is now in the House.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>On the flip side, we hope to see proactive efforts to lift charter school caps in some states. Already, West Virginia has acted to modify its cap. It now allows 10 charter schools every three years.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The ultimate cap, of course, is the lack of a charter school law on the books. Only five states have yet to enact such laws: Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Vermont. This year, we helped our partners in South Dakota push </span></span><span><span><span><span>a bill that would allow for four community-based schools focused on Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota language and culture</span></span></span></span><span><span>. While it passed in the Senate Education Committee, it was voted down in the Senate. We expect to make another push there in 2022. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/charter-law-database/components/1"><span>Check out the cap restrictions on your state using our charter law dashboard</span></a><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><em><span><span>Todd Ziebarth is the senior vice president of state advocacy and support at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</span></span></em></span></span></p></div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <div class="fb-comments" data-href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/03/10/state-charter-school-caps-are-keeping-kids-back" data-width="100%" data-numposts="5"></div> </section> Tue, 09 Mar 2021 14:50:47 +0000 Melinda 25395 at https://www.publiccharters.org Powerful Quotes from 4 Black Educators for Black History Month https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/02/22/powerful-quotes-4-black-educators-black-history-month <span>Powerful Quotes from 4 Black Educators for Black History Month</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/19/2021 - 11:40</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/reed-mitchell" hreflang="en">Reed Mitchell</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-02-22T12:00:00Z">February 22, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2021-02/4-black-educators_250x250_faces-only.png?itok=MibfR8qu" width="250" height="250" alt="4 Black Educators " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This Black History Month, the National Alliance is looking forward. Specifically, to Black educators on the rise who are making history now, in this moment. In our month-long celebration of Black History Month, we shared the inspiring stories of four education leaders at charter schools who are making an impact on students and in their communities.  </p> <p>Meet our four Black educators and see the powerful quotes they shared on education and Black excellence: </p> <h2>Genel Fowler</h2> <h4><em>“It should be the norm that every single student in this country is guaranteed a quality education no matter where they live, which tax bracket their family might fall into, or their race. And it’s unfortunate that it has to be argued so often and politicized.” – Genel Fowler </em></h4> <p>Genel Fowler, instructional guide at Detroit Achievement Academy, is a Detroit native who has been a dedicated educator for more than five years in the city that raised her. Genel joined the Detroit Achievement Academy’s instructional coaching team in 2019 to increase her impact across several classrooms. She was featured on the <a href="https://www.today.com/video/detroit-school-s-wellness-program-helps-teachers-face-pressures-of-pandemic-99450437890">Today Show</a> for her incredible commitment to students throughout the pandemic.  </p> <p>In her video, Genel talks about the incredible educators she had as a student in Detroit and how her education led her to want to replicate that quality education for all students.  </p> <p>Watch her full video:  </p> <center><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7RHfF4b-A68" width="560"></iframe></center> <h2>Lenny McAllister</h2> <h4><em>“It’s that self-determination, that school choice in the public school system throughout the country that allows kids that would otherwise not have the opportunity to see the breadth of opportunities throughout the world.” – Lenny McAllister, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools </em></h4> <p>Lenny McAllister, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, has been a champion for education equity, civil rights, and policy reforms throughout his decades-long career in the public realm. The growth of public charter schools in Pennsylvania is at an all-time high due in part to the agility charter schools have exercised in the face of the pandemic and Lenny’s leadership.  </p> <p>In his video, Lenny talks about how the adversity he experienced as a young adult shaped him into a better leader and how charter schools provide a quality education to all students.  </p> <p>Watch his full video: </p> <center><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GDFe3575ajQ" width="560"></iframe></center> <h2>Lagra Newman</h2> <h4><em>“The legacy I’d like to leave for the next generation of Black leaders is to do whatever in your power, in your realm, in your purpose, to ensure our children live out the full power of their magnificence.” – Lagra Newman  </em></h4> <p>Lagra Newman, founder and head of school at Purpose Preparatory Academy, is a long-time charter school leader with a proven track record of transformative academic outcomes for students. Purpose Prep Academy in Nashville is one of the best elementary public schools in the nation through her inspiring leadership and drive.  </p> <p>In her video, Lagra talks about the historical oppression of Black students through denied access to education. This knowledge pushed her to create a school that is accountable for providing students support to achieve their full potential.  </p> <p>Watch her full video:</p> <center><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RErINoxc2dQ" width="560"></iframe></center> <h2>Khadijah Williams</h2> <h4><em>“For me, education is absolutely a civil right because that is the key to being able to fully realize the American dream, access a livable wage, and participate in civil society.” – Khadijah Williams </em></h4> <p>Khadijah Williams, senior education organizer at Rocketship Public Schools, is a nationally recognized advocate for homeless youth and a survivor of homelessness herself. In her role, Ms. Williams leads the D.C. branch’s work in parent capacity building, family engagement, parent leadership development, and organizing and mobilizing.  </p> <p>In her video feature, she addresses how schools can empower parents and show students what is possible by employing Black leaders and teachers. </p> <p>Watch her full video: </p> <center><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IWX51dnLYoE" width="560"></iframe></center> <center class="text-align-left"> </center> <center class="text-align-left"><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/staff/reed-mitchell"><strong><em>Reed Mitchell</em></strong></a><em> is the communications coordinator for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></center> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/black-history-month" hreflang="en">Black History Month</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/school-leaders-color" hreflang="en">School Leaders of Color</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <div class="fb-comments" data-href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/02/22/powerful-quotes-4-black-educators-black-history-month" data-width="100%" data-numposts="5"></div> </section> Fri, 19 Feb 2021 16:40:00 +0000 Melinda 25182 at https://www.publiccharters.org New State Charter School Legislation Tackle Increased Demand for Charter Schools https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/02/16/new-state-charter-school-legislation-tackle-increased-demand-charter-schools <span>New State Charter School Legislation Tackle Increased Demand for Charter Schools</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/16/2021 - 18:54</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/todd-ziebarth" hreflang="en">Todd Ziebarth</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-02-16T12:00:00Z">February 16, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2021-02/Diverse%20Young%20Students%20on%20School%20Campus%20square.png?itok=W_PrCphC" width="250" height="250" alt="Diverse Young Students on School Campus" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>“If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us about education, it’s that our parents need choice.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>That quote, from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’s Condition of the State address, sums up what people are thinking across the country. </span></span>While legislators figure out how to respond to the various aspects of the pandemic (from public health to the economy to education), the pandemic has amplified the necessity and urgency of providing all parents with high-quality education options.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In fact, Reynolds is pushing one of the broadest bills in the country related to school options (SF 159). We’ve been working with partners in Iowa to overhaul the state’s weak charter school law (</span></span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/charter-law-database"><span>currently ranked 41st out of 45</span></a><span><span>). The bill also creates a new scholarship program to provide state funding to help students attend private schools and allows students to transfer out of a school in a district that has a voluntary diversity plan. SF 159 recently passed out of the Senate and now sits in the House.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In <strong>New Mexico,</strong> we’re working with other education advocates to enact </span></span><span>a bill for a new revolving loan fund administered by the New Mexico Finance Authority (SB 318). The bill will also help ensure that available district facilities are offered to charter schools—</span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2018/09/18/5-things-know-about-charter-school-facilities">a big challenge</a><span> in many states.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The National Alliance is also working with a coalition of partners in <strong>South Dakota</strong> to get a bill enacted that would allow for four community-based schools focused on Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota language and culture (SB 68). The bill saw some literal ups and downs during the legislative session before being voted down in the Senate earlier this month. But our coalition won’t give up easily and we plan to continue pushing, with an eye toward getting a bill enacted in 2022.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Beyond our own work, charter school legislation is on the agenda in for a number of states this year:  </span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>In <strong>Florida</strong>, a bill has been introduced to allow </span></span><span><span>state universities and Florida College System institutions to serve as authorizers in certain circumstances (SB 1028).</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>In <strong>Missouri</strong>, a bill has been introduced to provide more equitable funding to the state’s charter school students (HB 137). A different bill (SB 55) addresses a wide array of educational options, including major provisions to expand the number of communities in the state where charter school founding groups can apply to multiple authorizers.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>In <strong>Ohio</strong>, Governor Mike DeWine’s proposed budget would increase a pot of funds for high-performing charter schools from $30 million to $54 million.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>In <strong>Washington State</strong>, HB 1195 would extend the timeframe for establishing the state’s first 40 charter schools from 2021 to 2026.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span>Not all of the news is encouraging, though. Most notable, despite <a href="https://www.edchoice.org/engage/edchoice-public-opinion-tracker-top-takeaways-december-2020/">record-setting support for school choice,</a> a bill in <strong>Rhode Island </strong>would impose a moratorium on charter schools through the 2023-24 school year (SB 13). Most troubling, the bill would prevent six schools from opening or expanding that were recently authorized by the state. SB 13 passed out of the Senate and is now in the House. There will likely be similar pushes in other states this year as well.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>While it is still early in the state legislative cycle, it is encouraging to see increased momentum in a growing number of states to enact legislation supporting the growth of high-quality public charter schools. That doesn’t mean we don’t have to play strong defense in states like Rhode Island—we do—but we also have many opportunities to create more supportive policy environments for public charter schools.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em>Todd Ziebarth is the senior vice president of state advocacy and support at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p></div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <div class="fb-comments" data-href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/02/16/new-state-charter-school-legislation-tackle-increased-demand-charter-schools" data-width="100%" data-numposts="5"></div> </section> Tue, 16 Feb 2021 23:54:57 +0000 Melinda 25151 at https://www.publiccharters.org 4 Federal Priorities to Advance Educational Equity in 2021 https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/02/01/4-federal-priorities-to-advance-educational-equity-2021 <span>4 Federal Priorities to Advance Educational Equity in 2021</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/28/2021 - 10:26</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/kim-mccabe" hreflang="en">Kim McCabe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-02-01T12:00:00Z">February 1, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2021-01/Blog%20%28250px%29%20%2817%29.png?itok=h1-iH_6i" width="250" height="250" alt="Charter school students in class" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Over the last year, families and educators faced so many unanticipated obstacles. Education, as we knew it, was completely disrupted and the significant learning loss caused by the pandemic will have lasting effects for many children.  </p> <p>And we know that not all students were equally affected. The digital divide became more obvious than ever as schools transitioned to remote learning, leaving many students from low-income families without access to educational resources. Charter schools, which serve a higher proportion of students from low-income families, proved to be part of the solution.  </p> <p>As parents became more acquainted with their children’s learning throughout the pandemic, they explored new options for their families. Parents aren’t picky about the delivery system—district or charter—they care about their child’s experience and how they are learning. The federal government shouldn’t discriminate either. As we look ahead, we must focus on providing adequate resources, autonomy, and accountability to ALL public schools so that they can deliver the high-quality education that their students need.  </p> <p>We look forward to working with the new administration to strengthen all public schools, and we’ve channeled that excitement into our 2021 policy priorities. You’ll need to read the full report to learn more about our 12 priorities for the upcoming year, but here are four of the priorities I’m most excited about. </p> <h3><strong>1. Propose additional COVID‑19 relief for education and treat charter schools fairly. </strong></h3> <p>The National Alliance supports at least $2 billion in total funding for distance learning to ensure all students and teachers are better prepared in the likely event of future stay‑at‑home orders. We also support additional resources for E‑Rate and targeting resources to the schools with greatest need. Include charter schools in pre‑K and childcare proposals. </p> <h3><strong>2. Examine the impact of access to affordable housing and quality schools. </strong></h3> <p>The we support increasing funding for Section 8 housing vouchers so that families with school‑aged children can also better access high‑quality schools, including public charter schools. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development should devote a portion of its research budget to collecting data on public schools, including public charter schools, co‑located with public housing. </p> <h3><strong>3. Propose $500 million for the CSP in the FY 2022 budget. </strong></h3> <p>The CSP is funded at $440 million for fiscal year 2021—the same allocation it received in FY 2020 and FY 2019. We recommend an additional $60 million should be used to provide additional resources for facilities funding programs and for grants to encourage new charter school models and other innovations. </p> <h3><strong>4. Empower educators to open their own schools. </strong></h3> <p>A new authority, encouraging state‑level funds to be used for pre-planning grants to help incubate new high-quality schools, or creating a priority within national dissemination grant funds, would allow a percentage of state CSP grant funds to be awarded to teacher‑led planning or school incubation projects.  </p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/staff/kim-mccabe">Kim McCabe</a></strong> is the senior director of communications for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h4>See the full recommendations in our paper, <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/charter-school-communitys-education-priorities-2021">The Charter Community's Education Priorities for 2021</a>, or <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyTdORDHa2k&amp;list=PLdPB42i3ccKJkhAU3mcaFEZKkn4QNGtqo&amp;index=16">watch the webinar discussion</a>.</h4> </blockquote></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/federal-funding" hreflang="en">federal funding</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/federal-appropriations" hreflang="en">federal appropriations</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <div class="fb-comments" data-href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/02/01/4-federal-priorities-to-advance-educational-equity-2021" data-width="100%" data-numposts="5"></div> </section> Thu, 28 Jan 2021 15:26:49 +0000 Reed 24935 at https://www.publiccharters.org How Charter Schools Fit into School Choice https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/01/25/how-charter-schools-fit-school-choice <span>How Charter Schools Fit into School Choice</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/13/2020 - 14:53</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/melinda-tolliver" hreflang="en">Melinda Tolliver</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-01-25T12:00:00Z">January 25, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-01/National%20School%20Choice%20Week%20logo.png?itok=nkUdXfE-" width="250" height="250" alt="National School Choice Week logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>It’s <a href="https://schoolchoiceweek.com/">National<strong> </strong>School<strong> </strong>Choice<strong> </strong>Week</a> and we’re excited to be celebrating options for students and families to pursue an education that is right for them. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Here we breakdown what is school choice and how charter schools fit in:</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>What is school choice?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>School choice is the belief that every family and student should have the option to choose the K-12 education structure that works best for them. That includes public options—‘traditional’ district schools, charter schools, and magnet schools—as well as private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>We know that every child is unique. Shouldn’t their schools be, too?</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Where do charter schools fit in?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Charter schools are the public school option that is free, public, and open to all. Unlike district schools, they are not limited to a certain zip code, and unlike magnet schools, they accept all students. And unlike private schools, they are free to all who attend.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Another aspect that makes charter schools unique as a public school choice option is that they often operate independently from the school district, allowing for greater flexibility in how they teach students. So individual schools (and teachers!) have the ability to meet students where they are and design a classroom that puts students first.  </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Why choose charter schools?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Every family chooses charter schools for <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/12/06/three-takeaways-charter-schools-2019-school-america-report">different<strong> </strong>reasons</a> and those reasons are limitless. Some families enroll their student in a charter school because of the academic reputation. Others may make the choice out of safety concerns or because a specific program or focus is offered.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>What really matters here is that the family is making a choice that is right for their student—and that should be their decision to make.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>No matter the school choice made by families, we know that choice leads to increased happiness in that choice—regardless of whether it is a district school, charter school, private school, or a different school option. And we’re happy when students and families have that choice to make.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>See <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SchoolChoiceWeek&amp;src=typed_query&amp;f=live">how schools are celebrating</a> across the country all week for National School Choice Week!</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/staff/melinda-tolliver"><strong><em>Melinda Tolliver</em></strong></a><em> is the senior manager of digital strategy for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. </em></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/national-school-choice-week" hreflang="en">National School Choice Week</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <div class="fb-comments" data-href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/01/25/how-charter-schools-fit-school-choice" data-width="100%" data-numposts="5"></div> </section> Mon, 13 Jan 2020 19:53:58 +0000 Melinda 16516 at https://www.publiccharters.org 9 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Educators in 2021 https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/01/14/9-new-years-resolution-ideas-educators-2021 <span>9 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Educators in 2021</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/11/2021 - 11:23</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/sindy-pierre-noel" hreflang="en">Sindy Pierre-Noel</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-01-14T12:00:00Z">January 14, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2021-01/Blog%20%28250px%29%20%289%29_0.png?itok=SOfRD3pD" width="250" height="250" alt="New Year&#039;s Resolution 2021: The Education Edition from NCSC21" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A new year means new New Year's resolutions. We all want to get fit, maximize productivity, and shake bad habits. This past year was a challenging one in our personal lives and for education, and it was not exactly conducive to achieving goals or being productive.</p> <p>All the more reason why it's important to start 2021 with new priorities and goals—and stick to them.</p> <p>To get you started, the Program Committee for the 2021 National Charter Schools Conference put together their top resolutions for educators, school leaders, advocates, and parents to inspire you as you do the difficult work of designing a new learning landscape.</p> <h3>Build Stronger Alliances </h3> <blockquote> <p>"My resolution is to build stronger alliances with organizations committed to fighting poverty with a track record of success. Our students’ future success is closely connected to a host of factors outside of our schools. If we wish to pull our students out of poverty, we need to better connect our efforts with those of other groups and build stronger support systems for our families." </p> </blockquote> <p>Nina Rees<br /> President &amp; CEO<br /> National Alliance for Public Charter Schools </p> <h3>Focus on Thriving<strong> </strong></h3> <blockquote> <p>"Let's face it: 2020 was one of the most challenging years for schools. In 2021, I'm encouraging schools to move to 'thrive mode' versus 'survive mode.' The silver lining of 2020 is we have disrupted many of the ways we have always done things in school. Disruption is the first step in innovation.</p> <p>Where can we all covert our new survival skills into thriving skills for 2021? Some great examples of thriving might be more flexible scheduling, more effective use of technology, and greater parental involvement in our schools."</p> </blockquote> <p>Betsy Fowler<br /> Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives<br /> ASU Prep Digital </p> <h3>Get Back to Your Why<strong> </strong></h3> <blockquote> <p>"The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition's theme in 2021 is 'Interrupting Inequity.' I would encourage every school, teacher, and organization to take up that challenge. We should work on being the instigator by being present, hands-on, and remembering why we're doing this work."</p> </blockquote> <p>Sonia Park<br /> Executive Director<br /> Diverse Charter Schools Coalition </p> <h3>Deepen Support for the Network of Black, Brown, and Indigenous Leaders </h3> <blockquote> <p>"This year marks a new chapter in our country’s leadership, which comes with a tremendous sense of relief and hope for many of the students and families charter schools serve. That hope comes with a responsibility to not only mitigate the impact of the coronavirus, but actually address the ongoing and long-term impact of inequities that were exacerbated by the pandemic. My resolution is to deepen support for the network of Black, Brown, and indigenous leaders committed to community-centered charter schools and further amplify the ways this work reimages education equity."</p> </blockquote> <p>Naomi Shelton<br /> Chief Executive Officer<br /> National Charter Collaborative </p> <h3>Showcase What is Possible<strong> </strong></h3> <blockquote> <p>"In 2021, I resolve to continue supporting our charter school leaders and teachers on the frontlines of this pandemic. Charter schools across the country are showing what is possible when the status quo is challenged.</p> <p>Schools like Zeta in New York City, led by Emily Kim, actively fight to ensure their kids can come to school safely. Or others like Kairos Academies in St. Louis, led by Gavin Schiffres, continue to raise the bar for student learning and engagement. I'm inspired by schools like Digital Pioneers Academy in D.C., led by Mashea Ashton, that demonstrate kids can be known, loved, and respected even through distance learning despite challenging circumstances.</p> <p>My hope is that we stop, take note, and recognize where these standout examples exist across the country. That we thank the leaders and teachers who bring their all every day, and that we continue to hold up examples of what is possible."</p> </blockquote> <p>Heather McManus<br /> Chief People Officer<br /> NewSchools Venture Fund </p> <h3>Seek Answers to Hard Questions<strong> </strong></h3> <blockquote> <p>"Last year's events disrupted every aspect of teaching and learning. Heading into 2021, remember that uncertainty grows opportunity and trailblazing is often lonely. I resolve to work tirelessly to seek answers to the hard questions, and ensure my instruction values my scholars and their families’ voices and is rooted in equitable literacy practices and opportunities. Above all, fun, laughter, and all that is good about being in kindergarten."</p> </blockquote> <p>Kara Schumacher<br /> Kindergarten Teacher<br /> Kansas City Virtual Academy, Kansas City Public Schools </p> <h3>Radically Reimagine Who Creates Charter Schools </h3> <blockquote> <p>"In 2020, many opponents of charter schools made broad-sided attacks on charter schools based on well-worn tropes that have never been or are no longer true. All of the criticisms neglected to speak to the high support these schools receive from the majority of communities these schools serve—and serve well by all non-partisan and data-based research: Black and Brown families in urban areas.</p> <p>As we enter a new year, I encourage institutions within the Black, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American communities to create charter schools within their communities, especially education provider organizations like historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and education supporting membership organizations such as the National PanHellenic Council."</p> </blockquote> <p>Ronald C. Rice<br /> Senior Director of Government Relations<br /> National Alliance for Public Charter Schools </p> <h3>Strengthen Parent Engagement </h3> <blockquote> <p>"While we all slowly transition back to in-person learning, we must use the challenges we faced during remote learning to strengthen our parent engagement. In 2021, let’s personalize communication!</p> <p>We became more aware of the various circumstances and backgrounds of our families during the pandemic. Many schools struggled to reach and engage with 100% of their students. We must focus on customizing and expanding the various delivery methods and tools to communicate with our families. Parents are our partners in education. We have to communicate with them effectively!"</p> </blockquote> <p>Brandi Womack<br /> Founding Director of Operations<br /> KIPP NYC </p> <h3>Amplify the Voices in Your Community </h3> <blockquote> <p>"My resolution is to ensure every parent, member of the IDEA Public Schools community, and charter schools nationwide have a voice with our elected officials. Parents, teachers, students, staff, and alumni are experiencing the changes and challenges of pandemic learning firsthand and have new perspectives on what we need to ensure every child has access to an equitable, excellent, and inclusive education."</p> </blockquote> <p>Catharine Bellinger<br /> Vice President of Public Affairs and Advocacy<br /> IDEA Public Schools </p> <p>With the COVID-19 pandemic still uncertain and the reckoning of race and privilege in our country ongoing, it can be difficult to be optimistic. We hope these resolutions give you hope for education and help create a blueprint for a successful new year.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Sindy Pierre-Noel is the senior manager of programs at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. </em></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h4>Learn more about the <a href="https://ncsc.publiccharters.org/"><strong>National Charter Schools Conference</strong></a>!</h4> </blockquote></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/national-charter-schools-conference" hreflang="en">National Charter Schools Conference</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <div class="fb-comments" data-href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/01/14/9-new-years-resolution-ideas-educators-2021" data-width="100%" data-numposts="5"></div> </section> Mon, 11 Jan 2021 16:23:08 +0000 Melinda 24759 at https://www.publiccharters.org A Note on the 2021 Capitol Attack https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/01/07/note-2021-capitol-attack <span>A Note on the 2021 Capitol Attack</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/19/2021 - 13:26</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/nina-rees" hreflang="en">Nina Rees</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-01-07T12:00:00Z">January 7, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2018-12/Logo%20250px_0.png?itok=L9mkLvkP" width="250" height="250" alt="The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>The strength of our democracy had been tested over the past several months and weeks, and especially yesterday. The world watched the U.S. Capitol being breached by protestors while lawmakers gathered to count electoral votes and certify the 2020 election. Ultimately, Congress was able to complete the constitutionally required process that marks the final step in certifying the transition of power before the new president's inauguration on Jan. 20. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Our democracy has withstood even greater challenges and survived. As a community of charter school supporters, our work remains critically important. The National Alliance will continue to bring you news and information, support your work and strive to create a policy environment that allows charter schools to thrive. Looking to the future, we have work to do on Capitol Hill, in statehouses and in communities across the country with a new group of lawmakers. We congratulate newly elected U.S. Senators Warnock and Ossoff on their historic victories. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>And now we must ensure they—and all other elected officials—understand the value of charter schools. There is much work to do. </span></span></p> <p>In solidarity, </p> <p>Nina Rees<br /> President &amp; CEO<br /> National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</p></div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <div class="fb-comments" data-href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/01/07/note-2021-capitol-attack" data-width="100%" data-numposts="5"></div> </section> Tue, 19 Jan 2021 18:26:26 +0000 Melinda 24840 at https://www.publiccharters.org